Leading: Trade Deadline, Soto Sweepstakes, Degrom Returns

Here’s a look at what’s happening around the Major on Tuesday:

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deadline day

The Juan Soto Sweepstakes are down on the wire, with baseball’s 6 p.m. EDT trading deadline fast approaching.

Soto is the biggest name on the block, with Washington considering bids for the 23-year-old slugger after he turned down a $440 million, 15-year deal to stay with the team. Soto could be a free agent after 2024, and the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers are considered among the clubs most likely to persuade national general manager Mike Rizzo to take off his franchise cornerstone. Huh.

Wilson Contreras, JD Martinez and Josh Bell are likely to be the other dangerous hitters available, while the starting pitcher pool could include legendary lefty Carlos Rodone, Marlin right-hander Pablo Lopez and Red Sox right Nathan Iovaldi.

The business market got busy Monday as several teams made big moves, with the Yankees acquiring Athletics starter Frankie Montas, the Padres All-Star picking up Josh Hader from the first-place Brewers, and the Astros acquiring slugger Trey Mancini from the Orioles. did.

welcome back

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom eventually returned from a string of injuries to start his season in Washington. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has not participated in the majors since July 7, 2021.

“I’m definitely excited,” DeGrom said on Sunday. “It’s been a long time. It’s been a very slow process of coming back, so excited to get out there. The nerves haven’t really set in yet, but I’m sure I’ll be quite nervous on Tuesday.” And I have a feeling this is going to feel like my debut.”

The 34-year-old right-hander was sidelined in the final three months of last season with a right arm sprain and a sprained elbow, then was laid off late in spring training due to a stress reaction in his right scapula was.

Even without deGrom, the Mets have won a season-high seven straight. He has spent almost the entire season in first place in the NL East and hopes his return can help him defend defending World Series champions Atlanta.

here to stay

While teams around the majors were looking to bring in new talent ahead of Tuesday’s trading deadline, the Atlanta Braves locked one of their own stars for the long haul.

All-Star third baseman Austin Riley and defending World Series champions on Monday agreed to a $212 million, 10-year contract that begins in 2023, the most lucrative deal in the team’s history and a surprising one. He had three additional seasons in club control.

The deal with the 25-year-old includes a $20 million club option for 2033 with no buyout, which could lead to a $232 million settlement over 11 seasons.

Riley hit .423 in July with 11 homers, 25 RBIs and 21 runs. His 26 extra-base hits in July were the most by a Brave player in any month, surpassing Hall of Famer Hank Aaron’s previous record in July 1961.

The big month saw Riley leading the way with 61 extra-base hits.

Riley is making $3.95 million this year after losing in arbitration. He would have been eligible for arbitration before the 2023, ’24 and ’25 seasons, then becoming a free agent.

Riley has been hitting .301 in 101 games this season with 29 home runs, 68 RBIs and a .964 OPS.

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